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Frontier Development Lab Is Going Virtual: Now Accepting Applications For Paid Research Opportunities

The Frontier Development Lab (FDL) Europe applies AI technologies to science to push the frontiers of research and develop new tools to help solve some of the biggest challenges that humanity faces. These range from the effects of climate change to predicting space weather, from improving disaster response, to identifying meteorites that …

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Momentus Space To Launch IRIS-A Mission For Taiwan-Based ODYSSEUS And NCKU Space Laboratory

On 1 April 2020, Momentus Space announced they had signed a launch service agreement with ODYSSEUS Space. ODYSSEUS is a startup based in Taiwan created by French professionals coming from the European space sector. They have experience and expertise both in Asia and in Europe to uniquely address the booming …

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Virgin Orbit Designs New Mass-Producible Ventilators For Covid-19 Patients

Virgin Orbit has developed a new mass-producible bridge ventilator to help in the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the company announced on 30 March 2020. The Virgin Orbit team has been consulting with the Bridge Ventilator Consortium (BVC), led by the University of California Irvine (UCI) and the University …

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Lockheed Martin Finalises Ultra-Secure GPS III Satellite Capability

The final steps to fully-enable the ultra-secure, jam-resistant Military Code (M-Code) signal on the Global Positioning System (GPS) are now underway, Lockheed Martin announced on 27 March 2020. As part of the U.S. military’s effort to modernize GPS, the U.S. Space Force has been steadily upgrading its existing GPS Ground …

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Canada’s Space Industry To Continue Supporting Canadian Robotics On The International Space Station

On 26 March 2020, the Government of Canada issued a new contract to MDA for the continuing operations and maintenance of the Mobile Servicing System, the Canadian Space Agency’s robotics suite—comprised of Canadarm2, Dextre and the Mobile Base System—on the International Space Station (ISS). The contract, worth $190 million, will enable MDA to provide essential engineering and logistics support over …

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NASA Awards Artemis Contract For Gateway Logistics Services To SpaceX

NASA announced on 27 March 2020 hat it has selected SpaceX as the first U.S. commercial provider under the Gateway Logistics Services contract to deliver cargo, experiments and other supplies to the agency’s Gateway in lunar orbit. The award is a significant step forward for NASA’s Artemis program that will land …

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US Think Tanks Release Annual Counterspace And Space Threats Studies

Two leading US think tanks – the Secure World Foundation (SWF) and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) – simultaneously released their respective annual studies on global counterspace capabilities and space threats on Monday, 30 March 2020. The SWF study is titled Global Counterspace Capabilities: An Open Source Assessment and …

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Protected Globally: AEHF-6 Satellite Actively Communicating With U.S. Space Force

The first national security launch for the US Space Force and the final satellite to build out the protected communications constellation is now connected. The sixth Lockheed Martin-built Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-6) satellite launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida at 4:18 pm EST on 26 March 2020. AEHF-6 successfully separated from …

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NASA Offers An Astronaut’s Tips For Living In Space – Or Anywhere

Adapted from a Twitter Thread by astronaut Anne McClain One thing astronauts have to be good at: living in confined spaces for long periods of time. Here are some tips for all who find yourself in a similar scenario. Nearly 20 years successfully living on the International Space Station and more than 50 flying in space did not happen …

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Intelsat Selects SpaceX To Launch Intelsat 40e Satellite

Intelsat has selected SpaceX as its launch partner for Intelsat 40e (IS-40e). The launch is planned for 2022 on SpaceX’s American-built Falcon 9 launch vehicle. “We look forward to working with SpaceX to launch Intelsat 40e in 2022,” said Intelsat Chief Services Officer Mike DeMarco. “IS-40e will join the Intelsat Epic …

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